The Building Envelope


Dan Court is a U-shaped seven storey building containing 138 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments in Wembley, London.

Following the ban on combustible materials in the external walls of relevant buildings over 18m1 in England which came into force in 2018, Catalyst Housing appointed Higgins Partnerships to undertake the reclad works and deliver a safe and compliant estate.

RCI Show

With just one month to go until the Roofing Cladding and Insulation (RCI) Show, at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on the 18th-19th October 2023, the time to register for your FREE ticket is NOW!

Brought to you by the RCI Magazine, we will be celebrating our seventh year as the UK’s dedicated roofing, cladding and insulation show!



In a true display of expertise and craftsmanship, two specialised suppliers and an exceptionally skilled team of installers are breathing new life into seven tired old flat-roofed apartment blocks. The result? Spectacular and characterful flat-to-pitch conversions that are leaving the client and residents in awe.


As the transformative journey to delivering more sustainable homes of the future, including local authority properties, continues to gather pace, those charged with its delivery will be turning to their supply chains for added value support.

To help guide local authorities to navigate these changes, Marley has bought together its industry leading expertise to launch its More than a Roof campaign.

From cross collaboration, access to robust product selection, which includes solar PV, to peace of mind through its extended system guarantee, Marley is on hand to support local authorities at every stage of their project.

wall insulation

The Problem
Armed with the latest U-value testing equipment, and excited by the improved thermal performance data shown by the next generation SprayCork material in the lab, Corksol set out to assess the product’s thermal insulation performance as a Thin Internal Wall Insulation in a real-life situation.

The background to the testing was the UK Government’s March 2021 report on Thin Internal Wall Insulation (TIWI), which highlighted the potentially very large nationwide benefits for both energy efficiency and fuel poverty from high performance TIWI systems. The chosen test property was an 1890’s solid walled Yorkshire stone detached cottage in Halifax.


As we enter the second part of the year, we invite Ellie Pool, Marketing Manager at leading composite door manufacturer, DoorCo, to share the latest entrance door trends. From styles to colours to glass, Ellie shares the insights of what the sector is expecting to see over the next few months.

DoorCo is the brand behind 10’s of 1000’s of composite doors residing in social housing homes across the UK, delivered via a network of expert fabricators and installers. Collaboratively, we have been delivering on large partnering and framework agreements with many RSLs for over a decade. Our aim is to provide a robust supply chain of the best doors for residents in term of stability, security and aesthetics.  As we press forward into the second half of the year, we’re presented with the perfect time to take stock of what has been trending throughout 2023 so far and use this knowledge to help us predict what is going to be big for the remainder of the year.


Façade systems, and especially the cladding of high-rise buildings, have been, and continue to be, the topic of increased discussion and scrutiny in the construction industry and beyond. Due to recent changes in building regulations, the main driver for recladding projects has been the improvement of fire performance, although new, modern cladding can also improve other aspects of the environment for the users of the building like the thermal and acoustic performance with the added benefit of an updated, aesthetically pleasing design.